Tony Maniaty

Shooting Balibo

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Shooting Balibo now available as Kindle e-book

The e-book version of Shooting Balibo is now available as an Amazon Kindle download. Click here to order.

First review gives thumbs up: 'A wonderful book... Tony shows a true affinity for the country and the local people as he recounts their terible fate at the hands of the Indonesians, while not glossing over the confusion, ineptitude and blood-letting of East Timor's fledgling government and new leaders at the time... This book is an excellent companion piece to that of another foreign correspondent, Richard Lloyd Parry's In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos.'


Warco/the news game draws global media coverage



The Warco prototype, completed in 2011, has attracted international media attention.

Conceived by Tony Maniaty as a training tool for TV correspondents working in increasingly deadly war zones, Warco was developed in association with ArenaMedia (film producer/director Robert Connolly) and Defiant Development (games developer Morgan Jaffit). The project was first showcased at X-Media Lab in Sydney in 2010, with enthusiastic response from Australian and international assessors. Key media players who gave early backing to the concept included Chris Cramer, Reuters' Global Editor Multimedia (formerly head of CNN International, and head of BBC News) and Rodney Pidner, Director of the London-based International News Safety Institute, INSI.

In early 2011, the Warco project received substantial development funding from Screen Australia, with additional funds from Screen New South Wales, enabling construction of a playable prototype. Game mechanics were devised by Defiant Development in Brisbane, with script by Tony Maniaty in Sydney and visual, sound and voice direction by Robert Connolly in Melbourne. The 'Arab Spring' revolutions in 2011 offered real-world scenarios against which to shape Warco's setting and content.

The Warco protoype generated articles and interviews in 50+ outlets, including BBC News, Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, ABC News, PM, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Forbes magazine, PC Gamer, Inside Film, Gamasutra, Der Spiegel, Kokatu, Wired and Eurogamer.

To witness game play through the eyes and lens of VJ (video journalist) Jesse DeMarco as she arrives under fire at Al Djoubako airport in Benouja, click here. (Warning: this video contains graphic scenes based on real-world conflict.)


Shooting Balibo in Pacific Journalism Review

Shooting Balibo delivers 'a memoir with a journalistic eye, journalism with cinematic vision, history uninhibited by very personal speculations,' says reviewer Marcus O'Donnell, journalism co-ordinator at the School of Journalism and Creative Writing, University of Wollongong. ' Tony Maniaty's attention to simple detail, his commitment to the imaginative power of the ordinary and his ability to layer history with the force of honest emotion is what makes this narrative engaging and an important and original achievement.' To read the full review from the October 2009 edition of Pacific Journalism Review, click here.


War Reporting and IHL at Monash University

In a public lecture sponsored by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and delivered at Monash University Law Chambers in Melbourne on 15 October 2009, Tony Maniaty explored the complex relationship between frontline war reporting and international humanitarian law, focusing on the Balibo tragedy in East Timor in 1975. To hear the full address or read the transcript, click here.





Shooting Balibo now on audio CD / online download

The complete audio version of Shooting Balibo, read by Humphrey Bower, is available from Bolinda Publishing as a boxed 11-CD set, or as an audio download. RPP $39.95. The perfect gift for fans of the movie Balibo, for anyone interested in Timor-Leste, journalism and international affairs - or for listening to along the highway. To buy online or to listen to an excerpt, click here.

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